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30-year Industry Veteran Sam Gruer Joins Blue Rose Capital Advisors

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

Gruer Will Enhance Service Offerings and Develop Firm’s East Coast Presence

Sam Gruer, Managing Director

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – July 10, 2017 – Blue Rose Capital Advisors, a Municipal Advisor for higher education and non-profit institutions, is pleased to announce that Sam Gruer has joined the firm as Managing Director after Blue Rose acquired the assets of Cityview Capital Solutions, LLC. He will provide advisory services to clients from the firm’s newly established New Jersey office.

Mr. Gruer has over 30 years of municipal market experience both as a banker and an independent advisor. Mr. Gruer offers his clients deep experience in public finance including debt advisory, swap advisory, reinvestment, and asset/liability management. Mr. Gruer joins Blue Rose after nine years as Managing Director at

Cityview Capital Solutions, which he co-founded in 2008. During his career, he has completed hundreds of derivative, private placement, and bond transactions totaling more than $30 billion. At Blue Rose, Mr. Gruer will assist clients with debt, swap and reinvestment transactions by providing guidance and strategic recommendations based on thoughtful, sophisticated analysis. Even after 30 years in municipal finance, Mr. Gruer still has passion for the business. “What I enjoy most in working with my clients is the challenge—I enjoy helping them find solutions when they’ve previously been told that something couldn’t be done.”

Prior to co-founding Cityview, Mr. Gruer gained experience and financial product knowledge through a broad range of positions with Wall Street banks: he was a Director of derivative structuring at Deutsche Bank responsible for managing their Mid-West client base and housing sector transactions, he was a co-founder of the municipal derivatives department at JPMorgan Chase responsible for starting their tender option bond program and municipal reinvestment business, and he was the head of new products for the municipal securities division at Prudential Securities.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Gruer was a banker in the municipal finance departments at both Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Gruer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After several years as a solo advisor, Mr. Gruer is excited to join a team that approaches its work with a similar mission.  “As seasoned as this industry is, there is still room for innovation, creativity and original thinking and I look for opportunities where these intersect. In my conversations with the Blue Rose team, I was impressed with their professionalism and competence, but equally impressed with their esprit de corps. I discovered that they shared this same passion, and together I think we’ll be unstoppable.”

“Sam Gruer brings deep experience and an East Coast presence to the Blue Rose advisory team,” said Erik Kelly, President of Blue Rose Capital Advisors.  “As Blue Rose has expanded its client base and built a formidable reputation for client service and fiduciary responsibility, we have also been successful at attracting industry experts such as Sam, who will not only enhance our reputation but will also increase our reach into regions of the country that may not yet be familiar with the Blue Rose name.”



Blue Rose Capital Advisors is a full-service independent financial advisory firm that serves the education, healthcare, non-profit, corporate and government sectors, with a specialization in higher education institutions. Blue Rose provides traditional capital market advisory, derivatives advisory, P3 advisory, reinvestment services, and other specialized services to help clients achieve their goals.  Blue Rose is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) as a Municipal Advisor.  To learn more about Blue Rose Capital Advisors, please visit

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